Take a Second Glance

author/source: Rita N. Wolfson

take-second-glanceAn empty container of yogurt was on its way, 

to a trash pile for an indefinite stay.  

At a second glance there became a possibility, 

to transform the container into a work of beauty. 

Its form resembled a delicate vase like shape,  

and when designed with colored rolls of textured tape, 

it would no longer be a container, but a one-of-a-kind vase, 

a work of art that would warrant constant praise. 

With imagination and vision, trash can become a treasure, 

a treasure that would bring joy unequal to measure.  

Before you dispose your trash, take a second glance, 

for perhaps there lies a treasure waiting for its chance. 



take-second-glanceRita Nathan Wolfson is a 93-year-old author, poet, and artist.  For more than twenty years she created artwork and jewelry utilizing recycled paper, the profits of which were donated to charitable causes. Rita self-published a book that combined her artwork and creative writing: One Liner on Two Lines and most recently, during the pandemic, she has been sharing her poetry on YouTube as the Positive Poet.

Rita began her creative journey later in life, after raising her family.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston at the age of 65, where she discovered her passion for learning.  Upon graduation, she became a founding member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - taking countless classes and leading poetry seminars. She is tireless in her interests and has recently expanded her writing into the short story genre.


Please listen to Rita, recite her poem